The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.
He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and
tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying.
He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It
was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded
everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first
wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her
stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world
respect by presenting herself with dignity.
Half the president’s
tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries,
usually just after dawn. “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that
were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their
president.” The brutes. Actually they’ve been laboring to be loyal to
him since Inauguration Day. “The Republicans never discuss how good
their health care bill is.” True, but neither does
who seems unsure of its content. In just the past two weeks, of
the press, he complained: “Every story/opinion, even if should be
positive, is bad!” Journalists produce “highly slanted & even
fraudulent reporting.” They are “DISTORTING DEMOCRACY.” They “fabricate
It’s all whimpering accusation and finger-pointing: Nobody’s nice to me. Why don’t they appreciate me?
public brutalizing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t strong, cool
and deadly; it’s limp, lame and blubbery. “Sessions has taken a VERY
weak position on
crimes,” he tweeted this week. Talk about projection.
He told the Journal’s Michael C. Bender he is disappointed in Mr.
Sessions and doesn’t feel any particular loyalty toward him. “He was a
senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ‘What do I have
to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing
about the endorsement.” Actually, Mr. Sessions supported him early and
put his personal credibility on the line. In Politico, John J. Pitney
Jr. of Claremont McKenna College writes: “Loyalty is about strength. It
is about sticking with a person, a cause, an idea or a country even when
it is costly, difficult or unpopular.” A strong man does that. A weak
one would unleash his resentments and derive sadistic pleasure from
their unleashing.... (Continues at WSJ)
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Senate Republicans failed to pass a healthcare bill Friday after three senators from the party voted against a "skinny" plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. John McCain stunned the political world when he joined two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in voting against the bill.
On the original motion to proceed, which kicked off 20 hours of debate on the healthcare plan, Collins and Murkowski voted no. McCain had voted in favor of the procedural motion.
Here's the rationale each gave for their stance on the healthcare debate.
Going into the week, Collins had repeatedly expressed concerns about the healthcare bill, opposing plans to defund Planned Parenthood, which the Senate's "skinny" bill would have done for one year.
Ahead of the vote, Collins expressed concerns with how the debate was going and why she couldn't support the "skinny" bill. (Continues)
Monday, July 10, 2017
President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
The meeting was also attended by the president’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.
The Times reported the existence of the meeting on Saturday. But in subsequent interviews, the advisers and others revealed the motivation behind it.
The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help. (Continues at NYT)